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A ‘new’ ancient ruin is almost ready for tourists at Kulubá

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Kulubá will be Yucatán’s 18th archaeological zone. Photo: Sipse

Tizimín, Yucatán — Visitors will have another archaeological site to explore when a “golden triangle” takes shape in September.

State officials and the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) are putting the finishing touches on the ancient Mayan archaeological site, Kulubá. Restoration work at several structures, beginning in 1980, has made much of the site OK for public tours later in 2018.

It will be the state’s 18th archaeological zone, and one that strategically links to Chichén Itzá and Ek Balam.

The state’s investment will also include reforestation work and a 37-kilometer road leading to the site.

Kulubá was located by United States archaeologist E. Wyllys Andrews IV in 1939 and reported to the general public in 1941.

The architecture of Kulubá is similar to the Chichén Itzá and Ek Balam sites, probably influenced by both the Mayan and Toltec civilizations, said archaeologist Alfredo Barrera Rubio.

Tourism secretary Saül Acona Salazar predicted that tourist numbers will double when Kulubá is added to the list of prominent ruins such as Uxmal. That’s because the “new” site is close to Chichén Itza, which draws tourists from Quintana Roo’s Maya Riviera.

The state of Yucatán’s 18 archaeological sites are: Acanceh, Aké, Balancanché, Chacmultún, Chichén Itzá, Dzibilchaltún, Ek Balam, Kabah, Labná, Loltún, Mayapán, Sayil, Uxmal, Xlapac, Oxkintok, Izamal, Xacambó and soon, Kulubá.

Sources: El Universal, Sipse

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